The Consequences Of FallingĒ This is the only song on the album that
didnít write. When I first heard it I was working with Rick Nowels on music for a
movie called Anywhere But Here and he played it for me. As soon as I heard it, I
knew immediately that I wanted to record it. It suited me, suited my voice and I
said, ĎI want that song.í As far as the subject matter goes, I think it's the only
track that doesn't exactly fit the concept of this record. But I couldnít resist.
Summerfling This is really the core of the record thematically. It gets
heart of what I was trying to express. If I had to explain it, Iíd say itís about how
being in love makes you feel like itís summer all the time. This was the second
song I wrote for the album and, although I worked out some of the imagery and
the vocabulary in my mind beforehand, everything really came together with this
Suddenly This was the first song I wrote for the record. Itís about that
feeling you get meeting someone for the first time and thinking youíve known
them before, in some other time or place. Itís about using the reincarnation
excuse to want to be with somebodyÖ which I used to do all the time.
It's Happening With You This song was written on the beach when I was
out one day with my dog. I have a little suitcase I carry around with me that has
paper, some pens, a tape recorder, and Iíd gone down there with the intention to
work. Itís a great atmosphere for inspiration, especially when youíre trying to get
in a summer mood. The song itself is about how your perspective on everything
changes absolutely when youíre in love.
Extraordinary Thing This is basically on the same subject. Come to think
of it, the whole album, on one level, deals with how love makes everything
different. It ties in with the summer theme of the songs, about how love feels like
summer. I mean, love can also feel like winter, or spring or fall. But for me, the
atmosphere of these songs, the melodies and the imagery, are definitely geared
more toward that particular time of the year as a way of expressing an emotional
state of being.
Love's Great OceanĒ This is the one song I wrote with my old partner,
Mink. I've always been a big Roy Orbison fan, so it has a bit of an Orbison feel to
it, and, as far as what itís about, Iím using the ocean as a metaphor for the
immensity of love.
Simple This song, for me, has the deepest personal significance of anything
on the record. I think of it as a mantra, a prayer or a hymn. Itís about how love is
really a simple thing, not nearly as complex or complicated as humans make it.
Every act of love is connected. Loving God, your dog, your lover. Itís all the
What Better SaidĒ This is about that moment weíve all experienced when
you're waiting for that person to say that they love you, and you wait and wait
and start hinting at them to say it, trying to open up the moment for it to happen.
And maybe it does and maybe it doesnít. Itís out of your hands.
When We Collide This is about that overpowering moment when you
encounter someone youíre secretly in love with, someone youíre coveting. You
see that person, and what ensues is described in the song. It's like a whole
universe that you keep accessing throughout the days that follow because you
want to recreate it. You want to live there, to be in that moment forever.
Curiosity This a strange little song. I started out with the idea that
is a woman, but it turned out to be more about being enamored with someone,
being infatuated and obsessed. The funny thing is, I wrote it with my dog in mind.
My dogís name is Saylor and we go swimming together a lot in the ocean. Weíre
very fond of each other.
Only Love While I was writing this album a couple of my friends went
through very severe breakups. I wrote this for them. Itís about how love is really
the only thing that can both kill you and bring you back to life.Ē